I’m your average Californian world traveler. I’ve always loved cats, and dream of someday having my own (or doggo), but I cross many international borders, and fear it will be too difficult. The road is often lonely and I always want to play with stray animals to alleviate this feeling, but they’re usually too afraid of people. When I arrived for a two-week sight-see in Turkey, I couldn’t believe how many stray kitties roam the streets and cafes, and how aggressively friendly they are! If I stood in one spot for just a few minutes, it was guaranteed that one would come running to be stroked… and then soon after, another! I believe it is a reflection of the warm hearts of the Turkish people, who have taken it upon themselves to care for these animals, feeding them and even building them adorable houses.
One day, I was strolling the Bosphorus Canal and I saw something I’ve never imagined possible: two cats just cuddling each other, inseparable. I’ve never seen any cats, let alone strays, behave like this. As I quickly snapped photos, I wondered if anyone would believe it wasn’t staged but then, who could ever possibly pose cats like this? Who would even try? Life’s too short for that!
Needless to say, I loved Istanbul and can’t wait to return. I miss the kind people, the scrumptious food, and of course, the little furry ones. I wonder if some of them, too, miss me back. Aw. Hehe.
If you need some kitty snuggles, or you don’t believe me, go see for yourself! They’re waiting.
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My wife and I love cats and we care for quite a few. We heard about cats in Turkey and how people tolerate them – that is fantastic! Thank you for this heart warming share!